Prague Green Map: City for sustainable life

By News Editor / Updated: 22 May 2015

The Prague Green Map was developed in 2010 by volunteers and published by the Auto*Mat NGO with the support of the Partnerství (partnership) foundation and the Ministry of Environment. The interactive guide focuses on the urban and natural environment of the city centre, with a particular attention on sustainable mobility options.

Background & Objectives

The map presents the idea of green space and expands into a number of categories – hence the motto "City for sustainable life". The interactive map introduces the streets of Prague as rich with opportunities to stop, walk through or ride a bike. It shows the city of half-forgotten treasures, and also the city of degraded places or places at risk of destruction. The Green Map is based on the internationally proven principle of Green Maps. The Green Map of Prague is part of this scheme, and although some design features were changed, the authors kept the original know-how of this successful system. The map is designed to find locations side by side, such as non-smoking restaurants and clubs, natural monuments or graffiti legal places. The values that this map emphasises are: pleasant environment, sustainable development and transport, the face of the city, and the problematic or threatened places.
 

Implementation

The online and printed versions of the Green Map of Prague were launched in September 2010 as the first of its kind in the Czech Republic. The map covers Prague’s central area (an area of about 5km x 7km) and is available for free at key distribution points. Due to user interactivity, it is permanently in development and reflects any changes in the urban environment. This map is different from conventional maps. Greenery is divided into public and non-public. Buildings are divided into common and worthy.>White colour indicates low traffic streets and higher levels of traffic are marked by two levels of grey. The darkest streets on the map are burdened with heavy traffic, so are not very conducive for a walk. In contrast, strong green lines indicate calm streets surrounded by trees.

Special attention was given to walking routes. These are marked as passages, paths and important walkways, subways and alleyways. For bridges and underground stations disabled access is marked. The map also indicates important traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. Information about public transport is displayed: bus stops, railway stations, ferries and urban cable car. Despite not being its main focus, the map serves cyclists as well. Favoured routes and missing cycle route segments are marked. The map indicates areas of greenery in the city, places to relax, and also highlights calm and pleasant places. The map covers works of art (eg statues) and areas of street art. The map also highlights fragments of rural buildings or natural areas which have been damaged or built up by property developers and urban sprawl. There are specific indicators for restaurants and cafes (eg sustainability, fair-trade, child-friendliness, and connectivity to sustainable transport options).
 

Conclusions

The Prague Green Map represents a progressive city-guiding approach, supporting the efficiency of sustainable mobility options. The map also attends to friendly aspects of municipal living and sightseeing to provide more interesting options than is the case with most other regular maps. However, the main driving force is interactivity with the users who can input data, leading to regular updates. See: http://zelenamapa.cz/
 

Topic: 
Walking and cycling
Intermodality
Mobility management
Archive
Country: 
Czech Republic
City: 
Prague
Contact: 
Daniel Kahuda
Author: 
Daniel Kahuda
Keywords: 
measures - mapping/routing
information
promotion and advertising
MM for touristic areas
personalised travel planning
29 Jun 2012
22 May 2015